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Detroit (11-5) at Cleveland State (9-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wolstein Center (13,610) -- Cleveland, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 9-0, CSU 6-1. Away Record: Detroit 2-5, CSU 0-7. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, CSU 3-0. Conference Record: Detroit 3-0, CSU 1-2. Series Record: Detroit leads, 36-17.
GAME NOTES: The Detroit Titans look to keep rolling along, as they visit the Wolstein Center for a Horizon League matchup with the Vikings of Cleveland State.
Detroit enters the weekend one of two remaining unbeaten teams in Horizon League play, along with Wright State. The Titans claimed their fifth consecutive victory and ninth in their last 10 games with a 101-60 rout over Youngstown State on Thursday. It marked only the Titans' second road victory in seven tries this season, as nine of their wins have come at home.
Cleveland State has a similar home-away split, as the team is winless in seven true road games but sits at 6-1 at the Wolstein Center. Overall, the Vikings have dropped three of their last four contests, including a 69-53 setback at Wright State on Wednesday night. Following tonight's game, they'll hit the road for four of their next five outings.
Detroit holds a 36-17 lead in the all-time series, and that includes a 63-58 victory over the Vikings in last season's conference semifinals after being swept in both regular-season meetings.
Every member of the Titans' roster found the scoring column in Thursday's 41- point trouncing of YSU, as the 101 points marked the team's highest scoring output in league play since the 1995-96 campaign. Detroit was simply on fire from long range, connecting on 11-of-20 3-pointers (.550) for the game. The Titans also enjoyed a 46-31 rebounding advantage and forced YSU into 20 turnovers on its home floor. Jason Calliste led the way with 27 points, seven assists, six boards and three steals. He shot 10-of-14 from the field and 6- of-8 from the perimeter. Ray McCallum and Evan Bruinsma joined Calliste in double figures with 19 and 17 points, respectively. All five of the team's starters are averaging double figures on the season, led by McCallum with 18.9 ppg.
Cleveland State has struggled a bit offensively in the absence of leading scorer Anton Grady (13.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg), who remains out indefinitely since suffering a knee injury back in November. Grady had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in mid-December and, while there remains hope he could return in time to help the team this season, the likeliest scenario is that he will be redshirted. His injury has put more pressure on the shoulders of Charlie Lee (11.5 ppg) and Bryn Forbes (10.4 ppg) to try and carry the offensive load, although the results have been mixed. There certainly wasn't much to cheer about in Wednesday's blowout loss to Wright State, as the Vikes dug themselves a 35-17 halftime hole and went on to shoot just 37.3 percent for the game. Forbes was the only CSU player in double figures, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Forbes has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games, although he hasn't gotten a ton of help from his supporting cast. The Vikings just got all they could handle from Wright State, and Detroit has been playing at the same level.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 81, Cleveland State 58
01/12 10:36:01 ET